July 4, 1776
Why, thank you, Hancock! (Just to start)
And Hopkins, Hooper, Hall and Hart;
Middleton; the Morris crew
Never miss a local story.
(’Cause like the Lees, not one, but two)
Continuing this noted list
Are Nelson, Rodney, Rutledge, Smith;
Sherman, Stockton, Lewis, Clark;
Hopkinson, McKean — but hark!
Witherspoon? (He looks annoyed)
Lynch and Walton, Whipple, Floyd;
Include as well these names, I bet:
Like Ellery and ol’ Gwinnett;
Jefferson, who wrote the thing
(Which makes the bell above to ring)
Wilson, Wolcott, take your place
With Thornton, Huntington and Chase;
Hewes and Bartlett, Braxton, Stone
(Penn and Paine? You’re on your own)
The Adams kin, that’s Sam and John
(Oh, how this list now carries on!)
Heyward, Paca, Gerry, Wythe;
Livingston and Read in sight;
Clymer, Carroll, Morton, Rush;
Taylor, Williams, Ross and such;
Franklin, waiting by his stove;
Harrison by horseback drove.
A busy day, a task begun —
Thank you, fellows! Job well done!
Don Munday, email@example.com